Flight Behavior

  • by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by Barbara Kingsolver
  • 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.
Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.


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Another homerun for Barbara Kingsolver!

If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

Surprisingly fiction, captivating.

What did you like best about this story?

Barbara Kingsolver crafts yet another amazing and compelling story which is simultaneously complex and incredibly simple. The most shocking component is her ability to craft a work of fiction within the construct of an environmental and biological reality. The growth and arc of the main character is well worth the ride! As with all of her books, I was sad to have it end.

What three words best describe Barbara Kingsolver’s performance?

Word-by-word reading...

If you could rename Flight Behavior, what would you call it?

Funny, but I couldn't keep the title in my head...I kept calling it Flight Risk.

Any additional comments?

Barbara Kingsolver has a wonderful voice, but can be painful to listen to due to her clearly innunciating each word and very slow reading speed. Her reading style was too staccatoed and too intentional with each word painfully articulated and spoken. Each word was read one at a time rather than in a fluid and flowing natural style. In one respect, I loved her reading her own book because I knew I would hear how each word was intended to be heard. However, I think a voice actor would have been much more capitivating. I found her narration so disturbing to listen to from the get-go that I almost considered not listening to it. The story was AMAZING...it's narration was not. Her voices for the different characters were limited and often even slower than the rest of the story, but her voice of Dr. Ovid Byron was fantastic! It is a story I will think about often.

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- 3xcharm

Kingsolver's best yet

Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

I have already listened to sections repeatedly. Kingsolver's style is lyrical and transfixing (especially her description of butterflys/distant wild fire).
Her plot is involved and meaty, this one with a heavy dose of science. As always, Kingsolver shares a deep comitment to current environmental concerns, while detailing the limitations of the farm life and sharing insights into individuals, especially people with limited opportunities.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The heroine was truly that, a complex, tormented woman you cared about as she struggled to understand herself and her choices.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is her best yet. It combines her lyrical style and solid science.

If you could rename Flight Behavior, what would you call it?

It's the perfect title, because the heroine is struggling against temptations to flee and humans are denying scientific reality, so flight behaviors abound.

Any additional comments?

Kingsolver's lyricism and deft insights make her one of America's finest writers.

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- Carol

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio